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Sallie “Penny” Chisholm receives MIT’s Killian Award

By David L. Chandler MIT News Office May 22, 2014

Sallie “Penny” Chisholm thought she was just going to a regular faculty meeting on Wednesday afternoon, but there was a surprise in store for the much-lauded scientist: At the meeting, she was named as the 2014 recipient of MIT’s highest honor for full-time faculty members, the James R. Killian Jr. ...

Brazil, WWF and partners announce deal to secure world’s largest network of tropical forest protected areas

WWF May 21, 2014
In a historic move, the Brazilian government, World Wildlife Fund (WWF) and partners today announced the creation of a $215 million fund to ensure long-term protection of the world’s largest network of protected areas – 150 million acres of the Brazilian Amazon rainforest. 

The innovative plan for sustainable funding of ...
Betty Irene Moore School of Nursing

UC Davis nursing leader tapped for White House advisory group

May 19, 2014

Betty Irene Moore School of Nursing at UC Davis Founding Dean Heather M. Young serves as the only nurse leader on the 14-member Systems Engineering for Healthcare Working Group of the President’s Council of Advisors on Science and Technology (PCAST). The group, which includes hospital CEOs, health-care leaders, physicians and ...

Wildlife Conservation Society’s Christopher Golden named 2014 National Geographic “Emerging Explorer”

May 15, 2014
NEW YORK — The Wildlife Conservation Society (WCS) is proud to announce that Dr. Christopher Golden, who for more than a decade has been conducting groundbreaking research on ecology and public health in Madagascar, has been named a 2014 National Geographic Emerging Explorer.

National Geographic’s Emerging Explorers Program recognizes and ...
Betty Irene Moore Nursing Initiative

Collaborative reducing hospital readmissions celebrates success

May 6, 2014

More than 300 participants from nearly all of the San Francisco Bay Area hospitals are gathering today to assess and celebrate the growing momentum to take a collaborative approach to reducing readmission. An innovative initiative called ARC (Avoid Readmissions through Collaboration) helped 27 California hospitals—most of them in the Bay ...

Free online resource provides electioneering rules for private foundations and public charities

April 24, 2014

The William and Flora Hewlett Foundation, Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, David and Lucile Packard Foundation and Gordon and Betty Moore Foundation announced today the release of a new interactive training tool to help the staff of private foundations navigate the tax laws surrounding elections. 

The Electioneering Rules course is ...

Special Projects in Science

Science Learning+: exploring the impact of informal science learning

April 10, 2014

A new initiative launches today, providing £9 million of funding to explore how informal learning activities, such as visits to museums or science centres, playing games and watching dramas or documentaries, have the potential to make a positive impact on young people's engagement with science.

Science Learning+ is an international ...

Winners of competition to reimagine the chemistry set announced

April 8, 2014

The Gordon and Betty Moore Foundation and Society for Science & the Public (SSP) today announced winners of the Science, Play and Research Kit (SPARK) Competition, a challenge to reimagine the chemistry set for the 21st century.  Winners were selected in two categories:  prototypes – projects that are ...

Wild Salmon Ecosystems Initiative

Scientists up their ability to track salmon through DNA ‘fin-printing’

A partnership between the University of Washington and Alaska Department of Fish and Game has yielded a major breakthrough in DNA ‘fin-printing’ this week, improving the ability to conserve diminishing stocks of Chinook salmon.  Implementing the new technique will allow scientists and managers to track specific stocks ensuring that no ...

Gene silencing instructions acquired through "molecular memory" tags on chromatin

By Stephen Chaplin IU Bloomington Newsroom March 20, 2014

Scientists at Indiana University have unlocked one of the mysteries of modern genetics: how acquired traits can be passed between generations in a process called epigenetic inheritance. The new work finds that cells don’t know to silence some genes based on information hardwired into their DNA sequences, but recognize heritable ...